The Manser Practice designed the Sea Breeze House located in Gurnard, Isle of Wight, South East of England.
This cleverly conceived house with private terrace and shingle garden measures approximately 1,464 sq ft over two storeys, with open plan living space and views of the sea. Designed to fit in with the local vernacular, it has the feel of a beach house and would make an excellent holiday home.
The main living area has a generous open-plan layout, and is almost entirely constructed from uncut birch plywood, which gives the space a simple yet warm feeling. Also on this level is a kitchen, dining area, seating area and a separate utility room and WC. Two sets of double doors admit plenty of natural light and provide access to the terrace, which has views of the Solent and enough room for a dining table and BBQ.
Downstairs, accessed via a spiral staircase, are three bedrooms. The first is a good-sized double with built-in storage, the second has three bunks that were crafted by a local joiner, and the master has an en-suite bathroom and direct access to the private garden. The lower floor can also be accessed via an external staircase that leads down from street level, so that the family-sized shower room can be entered after a day at the beach or sailing.
The striking exterior is clad in rough-sawn timber, reminiscent of the traditional timber beach huts and holiday homes nearby.
Gurnard is 1.5 miles from Cowes, famous for its sailing and historical royal connections. In Cowes there are lots of shops, restaurants and pubs. Closer by there is a local pub, The Woodvale, and the popular Scandinavian-inspired waterfront restaurant and bar The Little Gloster. At the bottom of the road is Gurnard sailing club and The Waters Edge restaurant and snack bar.